reminds me of the year after I graduated high school. After discovering the freedom of not having to wake up at the ass-crack of dawn to be taught things I would forget in 2 weeks, I did what many kids do at that age... drink... alot.
Pretty much every night was a blur of Jack Daniel's and horror films. Which isn't much different now, but my title has changed from "lush" to "weekend warrior," due to being tired of the constant hangover. I have no idea why, but during that year Wishmaster
were staples of my intoxication diet. I would get urges to watch Wishmaster
like a sado masochist does for a good ball stomping. I'll tell you why.
Just to kick things off, Wishmaster
features numerous horror-movie actors, including Robert Englund (the A Nightmare on Elm Street
movies), Angus Scrimm (Phantasm
), Tony Todd (Night of the Living Dead
, the Candyman
movies), Kane Hodder (various Friday the 13th
movies), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm
) and Ted Raimi (Darkman
, Army of Darkness
). So you know it's at least going to be entertaining in that aspect, and it is. Mixing these legends of horror into one film is a horror fans dream, although it would be a better dream if all the characters from the films that made them famous were included. No worries though, Wishmaster
is still a fun and interesting ride!
Andrew Divoff plays an ancient demon known only as 'The Djinn'. Similar to a Genie Lamp, when the jewel that The Djinn is trapped inside is rubbed by a human, he is released. The one who has released him must supply three questions so The Djinn may release Hell onto the planet. Not surprisingly, he finds more trouble than he expected. The woman who has released The Djinn is desperately trying to elude the strange demon by hiding in various places. On his quest to find her, the demon encounters many people who are willing to sacrifice their souls for something they desire. Want to be beautiful forever? No problem! Wish it, and you become a store display mannequin! Want to escape from the hassles of daily life? You're covered! Wish it, and you'll be whisked into a Houdini under water escape stunt! There is a reason they tell you to be careful what you wish for.
Thankfully, the acting in Wishmaster
is above par. All too often, the Horror genre is plagued with some of the worst acting know to man but Wishmaster
delivers a well chosen cart. Most notably would be Andrew Divoff as The Djinn. Andrew Divoff alone, without the makeup, is intimidating as Hell! If that guy walked up to me on the street and told me to swallow my own head, I would do it in fear of what else could happen to me if I didn't. Andrew, if you're reading this, you need to teach me how to scare a cheeseburger out of someone's ass by just looking at them. I want to be able to do that.
All is all, Wishmaster is worth your time. Even if you feel the plot sounds cheezy, give it a try! All our favorite horror actors are included!